Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pinterest Project - Firecracker Cake

Last week I found this recipe on Pinterest for a Firecracker Cake.  I thought it looked beautimous so I had to try it.  I'm not much of a baker.  I just don't have the patience for it.  But Bean and I made this cake together yesterday and we had a lot of fun and Bean proclaimed it the "best cake ever".

Standards are low when you're 4.

Here's Betty Crocker's.

Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake
All professional and whatnot.

Here's ours:

We had no patriotic sprinkles but life will go on.

Here's the full recipe and then I'll tell you how I changed it up a little.

box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
Red food color
Blue food color
container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites. Pour 1 cup of the batter into small bowl; stir in red food color until well mixed. Pour another cup of the batter into separate bowl; stir in blue food color until well mixed.
  2. Pour red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter in pan. Carefully pour blue batter over white batter. (Blue batter does not need to cover white batter completely; it looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter.)
  3. Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place cooling rack over cookie sheet. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack. Cool cake completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. When cake is cool, divide frosting evenly into 3 microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl of frosting uncovered on High a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle all of white frosting back and forth around cake in a striping pattern. Repeat microwaving second bowl of frosting until smooth. Stir in a few drops blue food color until well blended. Drizzle over cake, scattering frosting back and forth. Repeat with remaining bowl of frosting and red food color, making sure red, white and blue frostings can be seen on cake. Let cake stand at room temperature until frosting is set before serving.
Makes 12 servings

Okay, so what did I do differently?

I added some cherry extract to the red cake batter.  Yep, changed it up so much.

After all, there's nothing that says "America" more than imitation-cherry flavored cake and baseball, right?  Isn't that the saying?  Anyhoo...

It was scrumptious!  Maybe not the best cake ever but hey, my standards are low for a...nevermind.  Try the recipe.  You'll love it.


Holly said...

that looks delicious!!

Teri M said...

I think you did a great job! Yum!!